Q: Transmission issue, car limps and very slow in drive

asked by on

red cog and P on display. car goes in reverse but limps and very slow in drive. 3 weeks ago i replaced, air filter , oil and filter, expansion tank and coolant (bmw coolant) and cleaned mass air flow sensor

My car has 110000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hello. If this light is coming on, then the computer is detecting a transmission issue. I always start by checking the fluid. If it is low then this will occur. If the fluid level is fine then the condition needs to be looked at. If the fluid is really dark or smells burnt, then this will occur. If the fluid is fine, then the computer will need to be scanned for codes to see what is coming up. If the transmission itself seems to be fine then it may be a failure in the transmission control module. I would recommend taking this to the dealer or having a transmission specialist look at it. If you need to have the limping symptom inspected, a certified professional from YourMechanic can come to your car’s location to diagnose the issue and guide you through repairs.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1,000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Transmission issue, car limps and very slow in drive

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Front left tire shakes during braking

You may have a warped rotor, this can be checked with a dial indicator to measure the runout of the suspecting rotor. If the rotor is okay then you may have an ABS problem with the wheel sensor causing the...

Q: My car is having power issues. I get a message that says engine power reduced/ service traction along with headlights flickering and engine cutting out.

Hi there. Check the battery and alternator to the vehicle. With all of the electrical issues that you are having, it sounds as if the battery is not charged and making the engine stall out due to lack power. Check...

Q: Drove through a puddle and stalled the engine.

Hi there. If you still cannot remove the spark plugs, then remove the air filter in the air box to the engine and replace it as it is probably full of water. If the filter is full of water, the...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...